Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Sunday, July 8, 2012
I apologize for the 7 month delay in posting, but I am happy to report that construction on my latest ball machine (now officially titled Clockwork) is continuing as planned. School and lack of pieces have both caused some delays, but recent generous donations and eBay purchases have got me back on track for a late summer completion date.
Clockwork will be in every aspect my largest construction project to date. It will contain between 35,000 and 40,000 pieces, it will have over 300 feet of track, it will have approximately 20 long, twisting, fast-paced tracks with support for 30 balls at once. It will have at least 4 lifts, and at least 7 motors. Its central element, a computer controlled gantry crane which spans my entire room, is capable of carrying 5 balls at once, can automatically correct mechanical errors, and can randomly select paths in which to drop them.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
I have completed a working prototype of my first Ferris Wheel style K'nex ball lift. The lift measures slightly over four feet in diameter (a far cry from my last K'nex Ferris Wheel), which was the largest I could make it and still have it fit within the space provided. I still have lots of ideas for new lifts and paths, whether or not they end up constructed depends on how much time I have between my classes, and how many Arduinos I can spare for this project.
I have a fully automated working prototype of the overhead crane completed. It is fairly slow, but it will only be one mechanism of many. I am currently in the process of building a ferris wheel lift, which, though common in many ball machines seen on Youtube, will be a first for me.